If you can’t do it with feeling, don’t do it at all. That’s the takeaway from this week’s The Bold Type.
All three of our leading ladies showed raw feeling, emotion, and vulnerability this week, which only added to their likeability. The series may have been appealing because of the women’s magazine industry angle but viewers will stick around for the ambitious and sassy women who don’t take “no” for an answer. They’re curious, they’re invincible and they’re bold – a fair representation of what the “woke generation,” as Jacqueline calls it, and the Scarlet readers, see themselves as.
Sutton, Jane and Kat’s determination to reach their dreams and succeed even put to bed my concerns about how unrealistic key moments in the series are. When Jaqueline informed Jane that she would be included on a “young influential political writers” panel after just ONE article about a congresswoman’s fashion, I scoffed. “Are they kidding me?” I mumbled at the TV while sipping on some pineapple tea.
They were kidding me, for the record. They knew how ridiculous it was but they were trying to get a point across to millenials that I believe often goes unsaid – you don’t always have to be an expert to score a seat at the table. Is it realistic in the competitive fashion and magazine world in New York? Highly unlikely but for a naive millenial who still wants to believe at times that the world isn’t inherinetly bad and opportunities will come your way if you project the right vibes, it did the trick. Sometimes, you’d like to believe that if you work hard and put your best foot forward, you’ll be rewarded over the person who maybe has more experience but less heart.
Jane, who finally achieved orgasm greatness, twice, goes from feeling super confident, to owning her political piece, to freaking out about the fact that her boss and someone from the board will be in the audience, to feeling down in the dumps for not being as assertive as she should have been to FINALLY realizing that aside from all the political mumbo jumbo, she said what people wanted to hear – people want to be heard. If the magazine’s political future really was in her hands, I think she did it justice.
As did Kat, unknowingly of course. While Jane assertiveness was gaining her recognition in the industry, Kat was struggling with finding her voice. Like mentioned above, people want to be heard but what happens when no one wants to listen? Adena reached out to Kat in hopes of scoring a letter of recommendation to get her visa renewed while Kat hoped to score in a different way, still trying to deconstruct her feelings for the self-described “Muslim lesbian.” I call Adena that not only because that’s what she referred to herself as in the show but because it’s an important description for this episode. Kat takes advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with Adena, getting to know her on a deeper level, connecting with her and completely unplugging from the noise of social media. The good times are cut short when Adena is attacked by a man on the street who tells her to “speak English” and calls her “towel head.” Unfamiliar with that level of hatred, Kat knows she must do something and reacts by punching him and getting arrested.
Mother Hen aka Jacqueline is on hand to bail her out and is impressed with Kat’s passion for “wanting to do something” and “fighting for what’s right.” But knowing that you can be right and still wrong is a hard lesson for Kat to learn and she isn’t happy with Adena for ditching her before the cops showed up. Despite being a woman of color, Kat’s grown up privileged and with freedoms that don’t apply to a “Muslim lesbian.” After Jacqueline explains to Kat that getting involved in an assault case would have been grounds for Adena’s deportation she feels terrible and apologizes by telling her the how she really feels – “I like you a lot.” I’d say Adena had enough of Kat squirming her way through the confession because she cut her off with a kiss. Lesson #2 – sometimes, you can say a lot more with fewer words. #Kadena shippers everywhere are jumping for joy right now.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline, the woman of limited words, is inspired to ignore what the “board” says and starts up a political vertical anyway. She sees these women who are passionate, involved and want to be heard and knows that the political angle won’t isolate readers, it will give them exactly what they want – a platform to share their fears, concerns, and dreams of the world, relationships and themselves. After all, Scarlet’s are ambitious and opinionated AF.
Speaking of ambitious, Sutton spends the whole episode, lying, sulking and then kicking ass – in that order. When Oliver informs her that she’s being considered for the assistant’s job, he seemingly gloats about hiring someone with FIT experience. The Fashion Institute of Technology, if you weren’t looped in. The only problem? Lauren recommended two assistants and the one that went to FIT and he mistook Sutton for the other girl, whom she apparently gloated about. Thanks a lot Lauren. She flips back and forth between telling the truth and taking advantage of the situation and eventually settles the latter. She’s exposed when Richard decides to be the subtle, but proud, boyfriend by putting in a good word for her with Oliver to make up for the “lack of fashion school experience.”
She alternates between telling the truth and taking advantage of the situation and eventually settles for the latter. The truth eventually gets out when Richard decides to be the subtle yet proud boyfriend and puts in a good word for her with Oliver hoping his recommendation would make up for the “lack of fashion school experience.”
Oliver confronts her and she fesses up to the lie but it’s too late – she’s already burned her one and only bridge. No boss is ever going to hire a liar. Fibbing about knowing Photoshop is one thing – what? we all did it – but exaggeration your education is a big no no. Sutton realizes that she can’t just let her DREAM job pass her by because she didn’t follow her gut so she gets down to it and creates the baddest, most authentic mood board Oliver has ever seen.
When he told her that he wanted the board to make him “feel something,” he had NO IDEA that she was going to dig right under his fur coat and designer frames to reveal a small town boy from Oklahoma who also had absolutely no experience with the fashion industry prior to his position. Coming clean and stepping up proves to him that she’ll go above and beyond for him and the position, which eventually lands her the gig. Lesson #3, which is very similar to #1, sometimes, you just need to want something bad enough and not let the limited experience stop you from pursuing it.
The episode came full circle with the ladies starting on a high note, crashing and burning in the fashion closet and redeeming themselves as I’m sure they will time and time again. The Bold Type is proof that millenials have to constantly fight for what they want while putting aside the need to constantly give into the pressures of society.
As for Jane, she came a few more times. We know because the walls are paper thin, remember? Also – why don’t they just have sex at his place? It seems like he lives alone so there’s really no need to come crashing through the door every time Sutton’s on the couch just trying to zen out.
While we’re on the topic of sex, I’d like to add that I love how the show normalizes sex, something that’s often taboo and censored. This isn’t HBO so we can’t get too graphic but it’s nice to know that there are writers out who acknowledge that women like sex; that they’re empowered by it.
Thoughts? Do you think the series is too optimistic or is it the kind of inspiration that millenials – who are trying to make it in a cutthroat industry – need during such trying times?
The Bold Type Review – [Spoiler] Breaks Up (4×15)
The ladies of The Bold Type found themselves navigating the various exciting and/or complicated stages of love that propelled their relationships in new directions — some for the better and some for the worst.
The episode strayed from the usual format focusing individually on Jane, Kat, Jacqueline, and Sutton’s relationships, which was necessary for the big reveal towards the end as it provided a resolution to the Sutton and Richard baby drama.
Richard and Sutton fell under the “unconditional love” because that unconditional love has carried them through some really tough times and got to where they are today.
But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
If you’ve been paying attention to their romance of the years, the outcome wasn’t entirely shocking, but it was heartbreaking nonetheless and will allow Meaghann Fahy to explore the most vulnerable and emotional parts of her character. She’s been doing such a great job with bringing the feels and delivering those gut-punching scenes that I have no doubt she’ll follow through in whatever the writers throw her way.
Though, admittedly, I’m not a fan of the dissolution of Richard and Sutton. It makes sense following their self-discovery, but it’s not a storyline I wanted to pursue as a fan of the couple who has overcome all odds.
I was hoping we’d get to see them navigate the age difference with Sutton learning to prioritize her career and her marriage while her friends were still in the “discovery” phase. Finding your heart’s desire is a blessing but it can also be a curse when it happens so young and you don’t have anyone your age that you can relate to. Sutton was setting a great example.
It would have also allowed Sutton’s character not to repeat her mother’s mistakes by being a good and loving mom to her future children. Through her relationship with Carly, we know Sutton has what it takes to be a great mother.
However, once the writers made the choice that Sutton knew she didn’t want kids, they had to go with it without hesitation.
Richard and Sutton moved mountains to be together, but sadly, disagreeing on wanting children is not something they could get over, push aside, or ignore. As much as it pains me to see them go their separate ways, there wasn’t any other way this could have resolved itself that wouldn’t end up in some form of resentment from both parties.
While you usually want to talk about children prior to the wedding, it wasn’t either of their faults because they weren’t being honest with themselves or each other. They wanted things to work so badly, but it’s like putting a square puzzle piece into a circle. No matter how hard you try, it doesn’t fit.
They love each other so much that Richard knew letting Sutton go was the right thing in the long run no matter how much it hurts now.
However, this also brought up some interesting points about how Richard was always bending to please Sutton. Will she still like her life now when he’s not in it?
While Sutton has made some sacrifices for Richard, I’ll agree that for the most part, he’s been the one giving things up to make her happy. And I’m glad that it didn’t happen this time. Richard drew the line because he wanted a family more.
In a way, it almost seemed like Sutton thought he would once again concede and put her desires first — she seemed sure of it, and when that wasn’t the case, the gravity and reality of the situation caved in on her.
The Bold Type would’ve been sending the wrong message had one of them compromised on such a major decision. And hopefully, they don’t bring them together again with one of them changing their minds because that’s unrealistic. They were both confident in their choices and again, while I wasn’t pleased with where the narrative was heading, I respected that they stood firm in their wants and beliefs. Sutton and Richard are both headstrong, independent who never waver in what they want. The only way this storyline holds its power is if they stay broken up.
Kat and Jane both fell under the umbrella of “forbidden love” because their romantic interests aren’t exactly 100% kosher in the workplace or in society.
Last week’s episode of The Bold Type revealed Kat had the hots for Ava, the super conservative daughter of the former Scarlet head honcho, RJ Safford, that cost Kat her job after she exposed him.
I’ll be blunt that I’m not into this relationship at all. I don’t think Ava has good intentions, and I don’t think Kat, who risked her career to out his stance on conversion therapy, would willingly fall into his daughter’s arms. It doesn’t stay true to her character — a character who doesn’t conform to be comfortable, who stands up for her beliefs, and who aims to use her voice for better.
There’s finding common ground with Ava, and then there’s bypassing everything you stand for because you’ve got the hots for her.
But for Kat’s sake, Ava was also feeling the vibes.
After the successful launch of Kat’s podcast, the ladies let go of all that pent up chemistry and well, you know things are going to get complicated. The relationship doesn’t make much sense as the ladies butt heads on nearly every point, but since when does love follow any sort of logic?
Jane’s relationship with Scott didn’t progress nearly as quickly as Kat’s with Ava, but after following a story together centered around a sexist workplace that fired and refused to hire attractive women out of a fear that they would be a liability for men who cannot control themselves amid the “Me Too” movement, Scott took the opportunity to shoot his shot. It was an odd moment to lay out his feelings, for sure, but he had a fair point about the difficulties of working with someone you’re attracted to.
We know Jane felt the same way despite it making things complicated because she’s his boss. I’ll be the one to point out that workplaces romances very rarely end well and things are bound to get awkward, but at least Scott proved to be respectful because he made it clear he wouldn’t pursue Jane if she wasn’t into it. He obviously differs a great deal from the men in their expose.
Jane didn’t need to leave him hangings as she clearly reciprocates his feelings, but she was also surprised by his boldness and transparency. The moment caught her off guard, and she was saved by the bell thanks to an emergency call from Sutton.
At the end of the day, relationships come and go, but friendship is forever. The Bold Type has made that their mission statement and this drove that point home tenfold. Friendship trumps everything including relationships that are in the heat of the moment.
Sutton sent up the bat signal and her girls answered! And it’s a good thing because there’s never been a moment that Sutton needed the ladies more.
The episode would have done well by just focusing on the three ladies, but in excelled by incorporating Jacqueline’s romance. She’s been going to therapy with Ian to get their marriage back on track, so they fittingly fell under the umbrella of “rekindled love.”
The first step is wanting to make things better in a relationship, the second step is to actively make those changes. Ian and Jacqueline attempted by playing tennis together, but Ian eventually snapped and called her out for undermining him and always needing to be right.
Jacqueline’s pride got in the way, again, and she rejected the notion that her behavior was dismissive, but after chatting with Richard about his drama with Sutton, she realized she was always shutting down anything Ian said because she was afraid of being vulnerable and hurt again.
If there’s anything to take away from Sutton and Richard’s relationship its the importance of listening to your significant other and taking their thoughts and ideas into consideration.
The fifth love story focused on Alex and Alicia in the “complicated love” phase. He wanted to respect her boundaries and the fact that she was an independent woman, so he didn’t intervene when some guy was hitting on her at the bar, but he realized, she needed it.
Love can be complicated at times, but you always have to follow your gut. It was a minor love story, and I have to say, it wasn’t Alex that shined in the scene, it was Andrew in drag!
The Bold Type explored love in all its different stages before honing in on the very idea that friendship is forever and the only constant.
What did you think of the episode? Are you happy or sad about Richard and Sutton?
Do you like Ava and Kat’s relationship? And do you think Jane should pursue something serious with Scott or is she crossing a line?
The Bold Type Review – Sutton and Richard Disagree on the Future, Kat Learns Ava’s Secret (4×14)
Embracing your truth — no matter how difficult — is important.
The ladies of The Bold Type made some necessary discoveries about themselves on “The Truth Will Set You Free,” some for the better, others for the worst, but none of them all that surprising.
There was nothing shocking about Kat’s attraction towards foe-turned-friend-and-possibly-more, Ava. They didn’t get off on the right foot, but there was palpable chemistry between the two of them through every brief interaction leading up to Ava’s reveal that she’s a lesbian. Simply putting that out there made Kat more aware of her attraction to Ava, and in a weird way, as she was pursuing her for the podcast, she was also pursuing her romantically.
Kat’s realization was ill-timed as she uttered Ava’s name during a romantic moment with her current partner, but at least she admitted what she was subconsciously feeling. The truth shall set you free.
While I’m not a huge fan of Ava, I do like that she challenges Kat to see the other side of things. Kat is an outspoken liberal who sees things through her own perspective and lens, but Ava is the opposite of everything Kat believes a Republican is. And while they may disagree on many issues, it opens up an honest, purposeful conversation that is much-needed in our current political climate.
Are Sutton and Richard over? They are the couple I truly believe in wholeheartedly, but this is one situation where suggesting a compromise is unfair to both parties. The miscarriage made Richard want children even more, while Sutton realized she doesn’t want them at all. There is no middle ground, no gray area, it’s black and white. Richard shouldn’t have to give up his wants and desires and neither should Sutton.
So many things have been pulling Richard and Sutton in different directions — their age, society, and their career goals — but they managed to make it through because of their love for one another. But if they love each other, they know that the only thing to do is to go their separate ways if neither person is willing to give up something so important to them.
And while I don’t want them to break-up, I kind of love that Sutton didn’t agree to a middle ground and followed her heart and her gut. So often in society, women are told that they should want kids and they should be happy when it happens. Some women just know they want them, and that’s great, more power to you. Others know they want them in the future but they aren’t ready right now, and that’s okay too. But Sutton knew she wasn’t going to change her mind. This wasn’t a phase, and it wasn’t something that would change five-years down the line, and that’s just as valid as the woman who instinctively knows she was meant to be a mom.
The Bold Type always pushes the envelope and embraces the hard conversations because it’s important to give everyone a voice. Sutton didn’t waver even though she knew it could cost her everything that she loved about her current life.
Hopefully, Richard and Sutton will be as brave as she was when it comes to deciding what their next steps should be.
Jane continued to struggle with her post-mastectomy body. I don’t necessarily agree with her assessment that she was “feeling sorry for herself” because again, she was struggling with her identity; she wasn’t feeling like herself and she didn’t know how to get out of her funk, for lack of a better term. However, she didn’t just sit around and mope either. She was proactive about overcoming the resentment and anxiety by going on a date with her boobs, taking them on a night on the town, and sure, those things didn’t work, but it proves Jane’s resilience. She isn’t the kind of person that’s going to give up and wallow around in self-pity.
Turns out, all she needed to do was a good old-fashioned chat with her dad. Nothing worked because Jane needed to change her perspective. She wasn’t looking at the procedure as a blessing but rather a curse. When her father came to town, he reminded her that because she made this brave choice and put herself first, she had time to find herself.
She made a decision that saved her life — the same privileges were not given to her late mother.
While its understandable Jane will continue to struggle a bit, it’s important that she realizes just how lucky she is and learns that she deserves to embrace and enjoy her life. And most importantly, that she doesn’t waste this second chance.
Regardless of what we’re going through in life, I think that’s an important reminder we could all use on some level.
The ladies owned their truth and relied on each other when times got tough, so even though it was predictable for Kat to fall for Ava, Sutton to realize she doesn’t want children, and Jane to finally accept her new boobs, seeing them work through it and bravely choices that reflected their truth was a joy.
This is one TV friendship I don’t take for granted.
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
The Bold Type Review – Grief Comes in Waves as Sutton Deals with a Miscarriage (4×13)
It’s okay to ask for help. In fact, it’s encouraged.
On The Bold Type Season 4 Episode 13, Sutton, Kat, Jane, and even Jacqueline sought out the help of others as they dealt with varying stages of grief.
Jane was grieving the loss of her identity following her double mastectomy, Kat was grieving her past and memories as she fought to carve out her new path, Jacqueline was grieving the loss of a relationship that made her feel alive, but the gut-punch came with Sutton’s grief over her unexpected miscarriage.
Meghann Fahy’s layered performance during this episode gave me chills. She flawlessly captured the emotions of numbness, loss, and shame in such a nuanced way that resonates with many women. We’re used to seeing Sutton as the happy, bright, and go-lucky character, but this was an emotional pull that allowed her to dig much deeper.
Miscarriage happens to so many women and yet, it’s a topic that isn’t widely talked about on television. Thankfully, The Bold Type isn’t the kind of show that’s afraid to go there, and I mean really go there, with taboo topics.
The miscarriage, much like the pregnancy, came as a shock to Sutton and Richard. The rug was pulled right from under them as the future that seemed so promising prior to their first ultrasound appointment had vanished.
Sutton didn’t know how to feel, but every little emotion she felt was valid.
She tried to distract herself with work in order to help make sense of what she was feeling, or rather, what she wasn’t feeling.
Eventually, she realized that the numbness was masking a sense of relief, a feeling she was ashamed and disgusted by because babies are a blessing and something we should want.
It’s okay to want a baby one day but also be relieved that the one day isn’t now, which seems to be what Sutton realized when working with her kindergartener client.
And that’s something the series will dig into deeper because Richard’s upset and hurt reaction to the miscarriage reveals he was ready for a baby now.
Will this destroy what Sutton and Richard worked so hard to build?
Prior to the wedding, the couple never talked about having kids because it seemed like it was so far away and now, there’s a chance it threatens that marriage because they’re on two different pages.
Richard is older than Sutton, which isn’t talked about often, but this will bubble that up to the top and force us to acknowledge the age-difference and that what they want is vastly different. Can live make it work? Can they compromise?
The reality is that Sutton is only 26. She has the career she’s dreamt about her whole life and a bright future ahead of her. It’s not exactly surprising that she isn’t in the headspace to give all of that up, even temporarily, to raise a child.
Jane’s struggles continued when she didn’t feel like herself. Kat’s suggestion to get back into the dating scene via a dating app may have been propelled by good intentions, but Jane’s problems aren’t going to be solved by hopping on the train to “bone town.”
Jane suppressed many feelings from her breakup with Ryan, but it was a minor issue in terms of learning to love herself again and be comfortable in her own skin.
In a surprising twist, Jane got some sound advice from Scotty, which was interesting because though he cannot understand what she’s going through, he does know what helped him with his own grief of losing a parent.
The idea of reaching out to people who have gone through something similar and finding a support group resonated with Jane. As Grey’s Anatomy fans would put it, Jane found her “people.”
There’s a romance bubbling between Jane and Scotty that I can’t say I’m too excited about. Their platonic relationship seems to be what Jane needs now, plus, if she becomes involved now while she’s finding herself, she’ll once again become as co-dependent as she was with Ryan.
We don’t need that. Jane just learned she can stand on her own two feet, there’s no reason for her to fall back into old habits.
However, since we know the show is going to go there no matter how much the fans object, let’s just hope that whatever happens between Jane and Scotty will be rooted in friendship first and foremost.
Kat struggled with letting go of the past to make room for her future, but in her case, holding onto the past was like trying to hold grains of sand in your hand — you can try to stop it, but they’ll slip away regardless.
It was understandable that Kat wanted to hold on to pieces of her life because that’s all she had left. Everything else was gone and falling apart. Doing the right thing cost Kat a lot of her personal life.
But if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s Kat, the chameleon of the group. She’s endured the most character growth as she’s constantly changing, evolving, and bettering herself.
When she says that “so much has changed” since she ran for City Council, she truly means it.
Kat’s not the type of person whose identity and existence could be amounted by personal and material belongings, and once she learned that, she was free to be the person that this next chapter of her life needed.
The podcast seems like something right up her alley — it’s a logical next step that capitalizes on her the expertise she perfected at Scarlet while merging her passion for social justice issues and evoking change.
And if that means we get more scenes between her and Alex, I’m here for it. Their friendship is so adorable, and the joy that spread across his face when she gifted him Pokemon stickers was incredibly sweet and heartwarming.
I can’t say I’m too excited about Kat’s path crossing with Ava Rhodes again. Even from that quick snippet, there’s some chemistry that I don’t think the series should explore. It feels too weird, especially because this is the woman that cost Kat everything and forced her to reinvent herself.
Even Jacqueline dealt with “what could have been” when Ian brought up Miles Shaw. While it was surely awkward for her husband to bring up her recent lover, it needed to be acknowledged in a mature way as it didn’t feel right that she just abandoned the man that made her feel alive again.
Miles helped remind Jacqueline that she was a beautiful woman worthy of being loved — that’s not something you just forget, which is why she kept the article he wrote by her nightstand.
It was a reminder of a time where she felt most like herself, and subconsciously, she aspired for that in her relationship with Ian.
Ian handled the situation well, all things considered, and though the storyline was wrapped up too neatly, it’s good to see that therapy is working for the two of them. Jacqueline felt comfortable enough to be honest with him, while Ian actually listened to her concerns and wanted her to see herself the way he sees her.
What did you think of the episode?
How will Sutton and Richard move forward?
Will Kat’s podcast take off? And will Jane find the self-TLC she needs?
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